April in Tea History

As I research assorted and sundry articles dealing with various aspects of tea history, I’ve run across a number of important historical events that have taken place in the month of April (or more specifically on the 1st). Here are a few of them: April 1, 2813 BC Chinese emperor Shung Mung discovers tea and …

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When That Tea Vendor’s Brand Tea Is the Better Deal

While those name brand teas can be very tasty and reliable, the tea vendor’s own brand is often the much better deal. Not always… but often! Our tea pantry is well stocked with several name brand teas. We have a boat load of Barry's Tea Gold Blend, plenty of Pg Tips, an ample supply of …

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Recipe for Tea Glazed Fruit Parfait

Breakfast can be so rushed in the morning. Trying to pick out something tasty that will keep you full while in the middle of getting ready for your day. This wonderful delight can be made ahead of time and ready to eat without any effort at all. You can also have it as a wonderful …

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8 Things to Know About the Dutch and Tea

As I had pointed out in a previous article on this blog, the Dutch were pioneers in bringing tea to Europe and the Western Hemisphere. They and France were at one time the top tea drinkers there. And then Britain got into the act, with tea rooms eventually edging out pubs as the most popular …

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Tea as a Mouthwash – Pros & Cons

The next time you reach for that bottle of mouthwash maybe you should reach for a cup of tea instead. Or should you? I've written about tea and oral health a few times in the pages so far. Here's a more recent article on the topic and here's one from several years back that looks …

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When Tea Bloggers Get It Wrong

Mistakes happen. It’s just part of life. This is true of those of us who blog about tea, too. So what should you do when a tea blogger gets something wrong? Well, as with many things, there’s the helpful approach and the not-so-helpful approach. The Not-So-Helpful Approach You see something wrong on a site and …

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Tea Gadget and Offbeat News Report 17

We've written about Tregothnan Estate many times at this site and here's the proof. It's noteworthy for the fact that it's the only significant producer of tea in a place where tea is consumed with great enthusiasm - the United Kingdom. Recently, it was announced, as one of the British papers put it, that "English …

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Trying Out Tregothnan’s Earl Grey Tea

Following on from my explorations of Tregothnan’s Classic Tea, I also had a chance to find out how their Earl Grey stands up to the other Earl Grey blends out there. As mentioned in my previous article, the Tregothnan teas currently being stocked by Waitrose appear only to be sold in bagged form. For the …

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How Much Does the Tea Leaf Consistency Matter?

For some Japanese teas, the standard of quality is consistency of the leaf shape and size. But for other teas this particular characteristic is of no consequence. That brings up the question: how much does the tea leaf consistency matter? And the answer is obvious: it depends on which tea you’re talking about. One thing …

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